Dr. Bishop standing in a classroom holding her glasses

   Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent
   Roanoke City Public Schools

(540) 853-2381


Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. As we approach a new school year, all schools are accredited and our graduation rate continues to climb.

A few updates:

Keeping students and staff safe is the School Board's first priority. Our Chief of Security, Mr. Chris Perkins, organized an Active Threat Drill in February, 2019. Staff performance was above average for detection and responding to the threat. Front offices have been redesigned at some schools to make it safer for everyone. You will notice additional security enhancements throughout the District.

The Division hired additional counselors and social workers to work with students and their families. The new coordinator of family and community engagement will enhance partnerships and provide resources to assist students.

The new Fallon Park Elementary is a community hub for Southeast Roanoke. The second phase includes a new cafeteria, administrative offices, and thirteen additional classrooms. Phase Two should be completed by December, 2019.

Our six-week summer enrichment program had record enrollment this year. RCPS+ allows our students to learn new concepts and is "hands-on," especially in areas that highlight Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

Our students performed very well academically, and all schools showed growth again this year. The Division is working to secure funding to restore the Aerospace Program at Lucy Addison Middle. We have award-winning arts programs at all schools. They are simply excellent. Athletic Programs had another banner year with state and regional titles in Swim, Track, Girls Basketball, Forensics, and Debate. I believe in our students; we will continue to provide the best opportunities to prepare them for their futures.

All of this is possible because of dedicated administrators, teachers and staff. Several teachers won prestigious awards at the state and national level. Our staff works every day to put students first.

The School Board extends its best wishes. Roanoke City Schools are grateful for the support of the City of Roanoke and many organizations to support our schools.

I welcome your suggestions. I am proud to live in a seven-time All-American City!

Best regards,

Rita D. Bishop, Ed.D

Notes from Superintendent
The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is now complete.  To view it, click here
Instructional Time
Roanoke City Public Schools is committed to providing excellent instruction for our students.  The current school schedules ensure the Division is in compliance with Section 22.1-98 of the Code of Virginia, which requires that school divisions provide 180 instructional days or 990 instructional hours per school year. Days or hours that exceed the 180 day or 990 hour requirement permit the Division to use the time to offset days missed due to inclement weather or other emergencies.

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